architecture - engineering - construction

2016 June

2016 June

Download True Home Comfort. Right onto your IOS or Android device with the new Icynene Homeowner App!

June 29, 2016

This interactive mobile app lets you explore the areas where high performance Icynene spray foam insulation can be applied throughout your home. Plus, you can:

  • learn about the immediate and long-term benefits of Icynene
  • get answers to some of the more commonly asked questions
  • understand more about the installation process and much more!

This free app is available for download on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

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Continuous Insulation (ci) Systems

June 27, 2016

The world-class building-science experts at Sto continue to lead the way in advancing energy efficiency, durability and aesthetic appeal. Today’s energy codes and regulations reflect many of the design principles embodied in our Continuous Insulation (ci) Systems, and the proven performance of Sto’s next-generation EIFS appeals to designers, contractors and owners alike.

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The Role of LEDs in Outdoor Lighting Design

June 27, 2016

As we reported in our earlier blog post, The Rise of Outdoor Lighting, homeowners continue to place a high priority on renovating outdoor living spaces. Taking center stage in these renovations is outdoor lighting. The report says, “Outdoor lighting is the most common [system] upgrade, whether it is LED (28%), solar (23%) or other (17%).”

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Create Your Fire Prevention Plan

June 24, 2016

One of the last things you and your company want to deal with is a devastating fire. While you can’t prevent any disaster from happening, prevention is one way in which you have some control. To help prevent fires from occurring in your workplace, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) suggests creating a fire prevention plan.

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Slip Resistant Aluminum Flooring in Bubble Capsule

June 22, 2016

Safe fun at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in MI - a SlipNOT case study.

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Balancing Bulletproof Security and Design

June 21, 2016

There is a recurring theme in the design and integration of bulletproof barriers into banks, schools and municipal buildings – the art of striking a fine balance between form and function, creating both a warm, inviting environment that is physically secure. In some situations, it does make sense to install an over-the-top ballistic barrier that truly makes itself known. And for clients who want this approach, Total Security Solutions can certainly handle the job. But our specialty is focused more on custom installations, where beauty is as essential as security. We work with architects and designers to help realize their design vision while ensuring the security needs of the end user are met.

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Cut solar energy getting into buildings by up to 92% - stop it before it hits the glazing

June 17, 2016

Exterior shading is the most efficient way to keep solar heat gain outside the building envelope. Draper can help develop a system that utilizes both interior and exterior shading to maximize efficiency and occupant comfort, and reduce energy consumption. Each custom solution we provide has specific benefits and features to enhance your overall building design and daylighting needs.

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Turn your backyard into a haven

June 15, 2016

Don't let biting mosquitoes keep you from enjoying time outdoors with family and friends! The NuTone Haven™ Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System features innovative landscape fixtures that provide season-long, effective protection from mosquitoes without the hassle of sprays, messy traps to clean, or fuels to deal with. Each fixture provides 110 square feet of coverage and is safe to use in any outdoor environment.

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Starlings can be a Costly Nuisance, learn the facts on how to keep them away from your buildings

June 13, 2016

Spring is when huge flocks of these birds come looking for nesting sites, food and water. Most buildings provide everything these birds need for survival and nesting. Sprinkler systems create water puddles, open trash containers provide food, and rooftops offer all sorts of nooks and crannies for starlings to nest.

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Hurricane Roof Equipment Screens

June 10, 2016

Hurricane louvers can be used as vision barriers to hide mechanical equipment and other unsightly items. These Florida Miami-Dade certified louvers are impact and high wind tested louvers that attach directly to structural framing (by others) on a rooftop or other locations where you need view blocking.

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Sotheby's 2016 Designer Showhouse + Auction

June 8, 2016

Architectural Grille recently collaborated with Kenneth Nilson and Christi Rogers of CRD Associates on custom metalwork for the Sotheby's 2016 Designer Showhouse + Auction.

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The Sir John A MacDonald Building

June 3, 2016

AMBICO Limited was delighted to play a key role in the renovation of this beautiful and highly regarded heritage property right in our home town, Canada’s capital city. If you’ve ever been to Ottawa then you might recognize this building just from its picture—it’s the Sir John A MacDonald Building, the former flagship branch of the Bank of Montreal originally built over 80 years ago.

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Architects create tactical urbanism with AIA Design Competition

June 1, 2016

The AIA Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community developed this year’s pop-up design competition to address the importance of architecture in establishing a sense of place. The design competition challenged the design community to activate a small footprint and create a space for people to enjoy, play and converse. Submitters were asked to create a temporary space within a 10’ x 10’ x 10’ area, using environmentally responsible materials.

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